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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Bust of a Moor

Overview

Creator: John Nost II (d. 1729) (sculptor)
Creation Date: 
c.1700
Materials: 
Marble
Dimensions: 
98.5 cm
RCIN 
1396
Description:

A coloured marble bust of an enslaved man, his head turned and looking up to the left; wearing a turban with plumes, collar about his neck, a shirt with a jewelled collar and wrap tied about; resting on a waisted turned marble socle.

Black servants were frequently found in noble and royal households from the late seventeenth century and this figure has traditionally been identified as a favourite personal servant of William III (r.1609-1702). The Moor’s feathered turban and jewelled band indicate high, perhaps royal status, but the collar unmistakably marks him as a slave.

John Nost is best known for carved marble funerary monuments and decorative chimney pieces using exotic marbles.

Further details

Additional Creators: English (nationality)
Category: 
Sculpture